Written by Robyn

Expert review Apple Watch SE

With the Apple Watch SE, Apple made their smartwatch available to a wider audience. The smartwatch is a more affordable model than the Apple Watch Series 6, but it does have the most important functions of the Apple Watch, like fall detection. The Apple Watch SE is also a lot faster than its predecessor, the Series 3, thanks to the S5 chip. I've tested the watch and I'll tell you everything about the Apple Watch SE.

Apple Watch SE 40mm Space Gray Aluminum Black Sport Band

Optical heart rate sensor | Measures distance, calories burned, heart rate, speed, steps, stairs, and swimming strokes | 32GB storage
299,-
in stock
  • The integrated heart rate sensor measures your heart rate via your wrist.
  • Thanks to the GPS sensor, the smartwatch shows your speed, distance traveled, and route.
  • The smartwatch is waterproof, so you can also wear it while swimming.
  • To set up the Apple Watch, you need an Apple iPhone. After that, you can also use various functions without an iPhone nearby.
  • If you want to charge the watch via the socket, use the charger adapter of your smartphone or order an extra charger adapter.

First impression of the Apple Watch SE

First impression Apple Watch SE

As soon as I receive the Apple Watch, I open the box. I immediately notice that there is only a charging cable and no charger adapter in the package. Fortunately, I have another one on my iPhone that I can use to charge the Apple Watch SE. The watch case looks the same as that of the Apple Watch Series 6 from the front, but it doesn't have a large sensor for ECG cardiograms at the back.

Larger display, no Always On

Apple Watch SE fall detection

The display of the Apple Watch SE is 30% larger than that of the Apple Watch Series 3. The display doesn't have a thick black border around it, which makes all my messages easy to read. Unlike the Apple Watch Series 6, the Apple Watch SE doesn't have an Always On display. Instead, the display turns completely black when you're not using the watch. You have to lift your wrist to see the time or your notifications.

Fall detection makes me feel safe

Apple Watch SE fall detection

If I get up too quickly in the morning, I sometimes get very dizzy. If I don't sit down on time, I'll pass out. Thanks to the fall detection on the Apple Watch SE, I don't have to worry if I fall. As soon as the smartwatch detects a fall, I get a notification with 2 options: "I'm OK" or "Call emergency services". If I don't respond within 1 minute, or the Apple Watch doesn't detect motion, the watch will automatically call the emergency services for me. My most important contacts will receive a message that I've fallen.

Always up to date with the always-on altimeter

Apple Watch SE altimeter

A new feature on the Apple Watch is the always-on altimeter. With this function, you always see how high you've climbed. If I work from home, the function may not be of much use to me. But when I'm on vacation in a mountainous area, I can see exactly how high I've climbed and how fast I'm descending while hiking. It's good to keep an eye on this, especially on very high mountains where the air is thin. This way, you avoid passing out on the mountain due to lack of oxygen.

Lots of storage capacity, faster than the Series 3

Apple Watch SE faster than the Series 3

The Apple Watch SE is a big leap forward compared to the Apple Watch Series 3. The smartwatch has 32GB storage capacity, instead of 8GB. This means I have enough space to download all my apps and try new ones. I can also easily save all my Apple Music playlists. Switching between apps is faster thanks to the S5 chip. My apps load in no time.

Conclusion

Optical heart rate sensor | Measures distance, calories burned, heart rate, speed, steps, stairs, and swimming strokes | 32GB storage
299,-
in stock

The Apple Watch is a good starter model for Apple iPhone users. Thanks to the larger display and the new processor, the smartwatch works faster and easier than the Series 3. Fall detection makes me feel safer when I'm alone, because emergency services get notified if needed. All my apps also fit on the 32GB storage capacity. I think it's a disadvantage that the Apple Watch SE doesn't have an Always On display. I don't always see what time it is, so I have to lift my wrist first.



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